The North Sioux City Fire, Ambulance and Police Departments were kept busy last week (Nov. 8-14). On Sunday, Nov. 8 the fire department reported to a fire at 200 River Drive behind Whistlestop. A few people were working on the engine of their motorhome, trying to get it running and it caught fire and spread to a horse trailer and garage. Powerlines were also affected by the fire and MidAmerican Energy was called to check the lines.
Tuesday morning the first big snow hit the area and caused the normal slide off the road into ditches due to icy conditions. But the big accident of the day happened around 10:30 in the morning at Subway in North Sioux City. The male driver (name not being released) went in to get a sandwich and returned to his pickup. His foot slipped off the brake and hit the accelerator which caused the pickup to jump the sidewalk and go into the front of the building, breaking through the front door and window into the lobby. One person was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.
Sioux Laundry was the victim of a fire Wednesday night at 6:23 p.m. A person driving by saw smoke coming from the building and called it in. By the time the fire department arrived, heavy smoke was coming out of the building and flames were visible from the roof. North Sioux City Fire called in assistance from Sergeant Bluff Fire Department in case another aerial truck was needed. Even though they didn’t need the aerial truck, the extra man power was needed and greatly appreciated. It is suspected that the building caught fire after one of the dryers started on fire. There was bad interior damage to the building. The fire was put out and the fire department back to the barn by 10 p.m. and cleaned up by 12-midnight.